Today was warmest winter in this hill state as maximum temperature remained above 20 degrees in many parts of the State.
Indian Meteorological Department Shimla Director Mr. Manmohan Singh said that mercury beat the records as Shimla town was recorded 21.8 degrees high on 19 Feb 2006.
Una region along Punjab border was high at 25 degrees about 3 degrees above normal. Sundernagar, Bhunter and Solan were high at 24 degrees each and 5-6 degrees above normal. The temperature at Nahan recorded 20 degrees and Dharmshala was high at 16.4 degrees and Kalpa 17.6 degrees.
The State was facing drought like conditions as Shimla Muncipal Corporation and other civic bodies were forced to rationing of drinking water.
However Met office said that Western disturbances were heading towards the State and would become active from Feb 6 evening onwards likely to bring rain and snowfall in next two days.